1762 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Lyttelton

William Rider, in Living Authors of Great Britain (1762) 19.



Lord Lyttelton has received from Nature a Talent both for Poetry and Prose. His Treatise upon the Conversion of St. Paul is equally remarkable for Strength of Argument, and Elegance of Stile. His Poems, most of which have been published in Mr. Dodsley's Miscellaneous Collection, discover a fine Taste, and a good Ear. His Masterpiece is a Collection of Dialogues of the Dead, published not long since. In this Work, tho' he does not equal Lucian, he is certainly greatly superior to Mons. De Fontenelle, or any of his Imitators.